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In this installment of the Lighting with Flash series, photographer and Strobist.com publisher David Hobby demonstrates using strobes when shooting sports—in this case, some kids playing soccer. After providing an overview of his lighting strategy, David shoots some action shots of goalkeepers diving for the ball. Next, he shoots some portraits of the soccer players, employing a compact softbox attachment as a key light.
In the second half of the course, David photographs a group of fencers, transforming the bland lighting in a gym and freezing the athletes' action as they leap. Afterwards, he shoots a group portrait of the fencing club.
So, the funny thing, is the main thing that I've got to worry about. I've got these other flashes far enough back, to where they're going to create a fairly big zone of even light, but if I come in close, that's very big difference in the film exposure than back there. So, I'm going to have to remember to check that, every now and then, just look on the screen and hope I can gauge it. Disadvantage of this camera is a tiny little screen, so, we'll see. (NOISE) But I'm getting, I'm getting a nice, nice pop on that. Alright, so Chris, I want you over here and throw him a little beyond his reach that way. This is actually good, because this'll help me get the timing set up. Male How do you want it? Male Make, make him, make him, no. He, he can bump his head against the top of that. Mostly stretch him out horizontally.
Male Okay. Male Hang on, hang on, hang on. Let me see what my shutter is. Of course, here comes the flash. Or the sun, rather. This actually doesn't look half bad. No, no offense. (LAUGH) I'm going to be picking this tire stuff out of. Male Oh yeah. This is a good field. Male It is. Alright, throw one out there. I was late on that one. But I wasn't late. Okay, I've got to really anticipate this camera. Alright? Okay, that's going to be my problem.
The shutter lag on this thing, is way more than the shutter lag on my D3. So, you've got to think, okay the actions going to happen in, in five 1000th of a second, so I'm going to push the button now. Male Maybe like a countdown or something. Male Nope, no, I should, I (LAUGH), it's just me. I can blame physics all I want, okay? Male Alright, ready? Male There we go. Male You can make it feel like he's in the mood really good. Male Male Hey, that was the short play. Well, what does it, what does it. Male It looks good, it looks good. Male Yeah. Male Okay, so I'm going to come in tight. take take a good step over towards me for a second, and let me focus on you right here.
Okay, no go back. Alright, go ahead. (SOUND) Okay, I gotta worry about that. If I come in too close the fill is going to be too bright on the ball, so Sorry, I have to dial that down or whatever. Let's take, just take it down. Alright, back up for a second. Back up. Eric, back up. There you go. Little more. Alright, go ahead. (SOUND) Alright, one more. So I gotta watch out when I'm not looking through my camera, because I'm likely to get these flashes in the back drop.
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